People: New Look Vision Group Inc (BCI.TO)
17 May 2019
Cleman, M. William
Mr. M. William Cleman is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Cleman is an experienced operating and financial executive in the retail and real estate sectors. Mr. Cleman is a corporate director and consultant. From January 2015 through July 2015, he was a member of the Board of Directors and head of the special committee of Hartco Inc., a public company which later became private in November 2015. Since 2008, he has been Chairman of the Board of Arbell Inc., a private distribution company and from June 2008 to February 2015 was a member of the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Compensation Committee and Lead Director of Hart Stores Inc. Prior to that, he was a board member of Gemmar Systems from 2005 to 2007 and finally from April 2002 to November 2005, he was a member of the Board of Directors, Compensation Committee, Audit Committee and Corporate Governance Committee and Real Estate Committee of Le Chateau Inc. He retired as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bouclair Inc., a Montréal-based retail chain in the home furnishings sector, in 2003. Previously, Mr. Cleman had held senior positions at Bouclair since 1994. From 1989 to 1994, he was a partner in Cleman Ludmer Steinberg Inc., a merchant bank. From 1971 to 1989, Mr. Cleman had a successful career at Steinberg Inc., a major food retailer and real estate company. His title at the time of his departure in 1989 was Executive Vice-President at Steinberg and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ivanhoe Inc. He holds a bachelor of commerce degree from McGill University (B. Comm., 1970) and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario (MBA, 1972). He was a director of Benvest from 2004 until the creation of the Fund in 2005 and thereafter a trustee of the Fund and a director of Former New Look until the completion of the Arrangement in March 2010.
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